The Other Side of the Mirror

The Other Side of the Mirror From the back cover WHEN THE COMYN RULEDarkover planet of the Bloody Sun at the time when Terra has rediscovered this long lost colony ruled by families who wield their mind powers of laran for good

  • Title: The Other Side of the Mirror
  • Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley Patricia Floss Linda Frankel Paula Crunk
  • ISBN: 9780886771850
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the back cover WHEN THE COMYN RULEDarkover, planet of the Bloody Sun, at the time when Terra has rediscovered this long lost colony ruled by families who wield their mind powers of laran for good or ill.Now, with Comyn power declining and the Terran influence on the rise, the people of the Seven Domains are caught between the time tested pathways of tradition and tFrom the back cover WHEN THE COMYN RULEDarkover, planet of the Bloody Sun, at the time when Terra has rediscovered this long lost colony ruled by families who wield their mind powers of laran for good or ill.Now, with Comyn power declining and the Terran influence on the rise, the people of the Seven Domains are caught between the time tested pathways of tradition and the lure of new ways of living and thinking.So enter this turbulent age, where, in five longer tales, three of them by Marion herself, you will see what future awaits a half Terran half Darkovan lord the choice Rohana Aillard Ardais must make between Comyn rule and her heart s desiree fate of a telepath torn between Tower and Domaind who will triumph when Comyn, Terrans, Catpeople, Free s, and matrix masters vie for control in this ever changing world of the Bloody Sun.

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    1. The eponymous story is by Patricia Floss and concerns the growing friendship of two young men, both outsiders. The setting is a couple of generations after the events described in the Renunciates trilogy, and the books about the Forbidden Tower. A lot more hybrid offspring of Darkovans and the original Terran stock from which the Darkovans descend have been born in the meantime, but prejudice against them endures, especially from the Comyn ruler class. However, the Comyn is shown as falling into [...]

    2. An interesting collection of fairly grim stories that provide more depth to characters established in the earlier novels. A must-read if you want to learn more about your favorites. As a read, it got to a 3.5 stars for me. I found the last story a bit uneven, but overall, it was worthwhile to go back to visit Darkover for a bit.

    3. The title story by Patricia Floss is one that Marion Zimmer Bradley not only admired, but she “decided that Pat’s version was henceforth to be considered the ‘official’ version of events on Darkover between the end of Heritage of Hastur and the beginning of [Sharra’s] Exile." Indeed, back in the second Darkover anthology, MZB expressed regret there was no room for the 30,000 word story--it would have taken up too much of the book. In this fourth anthology she found a way to justify inc [...]

    4. Exceptionally good Darkover fanfiction anthology -- mostly novellas, IIRC, and several of them by MZB herself. One unfortunately focusing on Dyan Ardais, whom I loathe, and for whom MZB has an inexplicable sympathy. (Or explicable by facts of her second husband's biography which I wish I didn't know.) The best is probably the fan-written "The Other Side of the Mirror," which focuses on Marius Alton, Lew Alton's younger brother and Kennard Alton's younger legitimate son, who was generally neglect [...]

    5. BRIDE PRICE:Tells the story of a young, recently from Dalereuth Tower, Rohana’s wedding day to Gabriel Ardais, as the memory is triggered while she visits her husband’s funeral in the chapel of Comyn Castle.EVERYTHING BUT FREEDOM:Unlike their wedding night, Rohana and Gabriel now are more than just out of love with one another, they are at odds. Because Gabriel wanted it, she does her duty for her man and her domain, and has a child way past the age for pregnancy. To comfort her troubled min [...]

    6. Some of these stories add another level to many characters but particularly to Rohana. “Bride Price” by Bradley herself gives insight into the character of Dom Gabriel as well as why Rohana stays with him. I don’t normally really like Jaelle but she came off as quite likable in “Everything but Freedom”.The title story is written by Patricia Floss and plays around with ideas that appear in Two to Conquer.

    7. A weak four overall, but a good collection of stories. I particularly liked the first that Bradley decided was gospel, even though fan-written. And the longer story that MZB wrote herself I quite liked, but the two shorter ones were so-so. The final story did not grip me at first, but I had quite warmed to it by the end.

    8. Really this should be 3.5 stars, because I really liked the Rohana stories and was less interested in the others.

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